ROXAS President Benigno Aquino III (3rd from left) during his visit to Bacolod City on April 30 with Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (l-r) after threshing out the details for the creation of the NIR.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Aquino orders creation
of Negros Island Region

After four presidents and a lobby that lasted for 21 years, President Benigno Aquino III fulfilled the dream of Negrenses by signing Executive Order No. 183, creating the Negros Island Region.

The NIR will be the 18 th region of the country.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, a principal mover for its creation, said Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas informed him yesterday that the president signed Executive Order No. 183 on May 29, creating the NIR composed of Negros Oriental, that was formerly under Central Visayas, and Negros Occidental, formerly under Western Visayas.moremoremore

‘Rescind powercontract'

Embattled and dismissed general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative yesterday asked the Ceneco Board to rescind the contract of Filinvest Development Corp. to stop the alleged unfair charges it is passing on to the consumers.

In his letter to the Ceneco Board, dated May 27 Lagarde claimed that the power supply contracts signed by Ceneco president Arnel Lapore with Filinvest for 20MW last year, on top of the additional 24MW with Kepco earlier, are improper.

These contracts are in excess of what the cooperative needs. Worse, the consumers are made to pay the cost of unused power that is worth millions per month, he said.
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Officials thank PNoy for NIR;
NegOr readying TWG – guv

Negros Oriental officials yesterday said President Benigno Aquino's issuance of Executive Order 183 creating the Negros Island Region is the fulfillment of a longed-for dream, while Gov. Roel Degamo said a Technical Working Group will be convened to thresh out the details of its implementation.

The NIR will be composed of Negros Occidental and Oriental.

Rep. George Arnaiz said “We are so happy that, finally, the dream to have a one island-one region for our island is realized. Thanks to all who, in one way or another, have made this dream a reality.” moremoremore